Fruits are generally healthy because they contain lots of vitamins and minerals. But not all fruits are equal. Some are more healthy than others.
Here is a list of the top seven Super Fruits – which have more antioxidants, vitamins and fibre than the other fruits.
1) Acai Berry
A tart purple berry, the Acai Berry promotes heart health because of their high anthocyanins, which is a type of antioxidant that supports balanced cholesterol levels and combats the free radicals responsible for diseases such as heart disease, at the same time.
As well, acai berry can aid weight loss because the pulp from this fruit can reduce fat deposits in the human body.
So why don’t you add some acai berry pulp to the top of your cereal in the mornings, or else have it as part of your breakfast smoothie?
The Apple is a common fruit, but it promotes heart health and reduces the amount of bad cholesterol thanks to the presence of pectin, a soluble fibre.
Apples also improve lung function because of quercetin, an antioxidant that is present in the skin of the fruits.
So why not snack on an apple when those mid afternoon hunger pangs come calling, instead of that packet of biscuits or potato chips? Or else you can make apple smoothies.
Avocados are becoming more popular these days, and this is a good thing, because this green and sometimes brown fruit contains many heart benefits.
They have plenty of monounsaturated fatty acids that help lower blood cholesterol. Avocados also reduce blood pressure due to their high potassium content.
Also, avocados minimise cell damage and protect you from ultraviolet light, as well as improving bone health thanks to their high content of Vitamin K.
So what not add avocado spread on to your morning toast, or else have an avocado milkshake when the mid afternoon hunger pangs come calling?
The humble pomegranate has anti inflammatory benefits and at the same time, helps to maintain a healthy blood flow, due to the iron present in it. As well, it guards memory and brain function as this fruit’s juice and seeds contain polyphenols.
So why not make some pomegranate juice for yourself, or have some pomegranate sauce on your steak or fish for lunch or dinner, next time round?
Containing high levels of Vitamin C compared to any other fruits out there, the Kiwifruit helps to boost and strengthen the immune system, warding off diseases. vitamin C is also good for collagen synthesis, thus preventing skin degradation and keeping you looking young and beautiful.
As well, kiwifruit has lots of fibre that aids digestion, helping those who may have irritable bowel syndrome.
So why not combine sliced kiwifruit with your granola and yoghurt in the mornings, or else have a kiwifruit juice or smoothie when you are feeling thirsty?
A common fruit in the South East Asian region, papaya aids digestion, due to its high fibre content. It also has cancer fighting properties due to its ability to reduce free radicals that contribute to the development of cancer.
As well, eating papayas protect against retina damage due to the presence of antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin.
So why not add some papaya chunks to your chicken or tuna salad at lunch time, or else make papaya sorbet to snack on when it gets scorching in Singapore’s heat and humidity?
One of the most powerful sources of antioxidants around, the humble blueberries reduce the damage caused by harmful free radicals, as well as helping to protect the brain from deteriorating with age.
Blueberries also improve cardiovascular health, thanks to the high amount of the antioxidant anthocyanin.
If you want to reap these benefits, why not add some blueberries to your mid afternoon yoghurt snack or add a handful of blueberries to your morning breakfast cereal?
So now that you know what are the seven top “Super Fruits”, you can now incorporate these in to your diet so that you can enjoy the benefits that they are providing.
This article has been adapted from https://www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/healthplus/article/7-super-fruits-how-to-add-them-in-your-diet.